Compulsion (1959)

Compulsion is a compelling, stylish thriller, loosely based on the famous 1924 murder trial of thrill-killers Loeb and Leopold, two homosexual students who murdered a young boy to demonstrate their intellectual superiority. Artie Straus… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Black-and-white classic about the Leopold-Loeb murder case.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Richard Fleischer's thriller is loosely based on the celebrated 1924 Chicago murder trial of Jewish thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

First great 'thrill killer' movie

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absorbing version of Leopold-Loeb story with standout Welles performance.

Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

[Richard] Fleischer turns the screws hard in "Compulsion.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Apesar de mostrar a crueldade dos jovens, o filme leva o espectador a torcer contra a pena de morte graças, principalmente, ao forte monólogo de 10 minutos protagonizado por Orson Welles.

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familiar stranger
Based on the Leopold-Loeb case, Compulsion makes for an interesting watch. Surely, the story of two lads, with one being extremely influenced and misled by… More
jay nixon
Excellent examination of the Loeb/Leopold case. Dillman is chilling in his utter contempt for all emotion and Stockwell is fine as his puppet but alll pale next… More
Jennifer D
Orson Welles was JUST fantastic, as expected, I guess. It reminded me a lot of In Cold Blood.
Randy Tippy
Based on the 1924 case of Nathan Leopold Jr and Richard Loeb, two wealthy upper-crust college students who methodically planned the kidnapping and murder of a… More